Friday, August 19, 2011

FFWD Eggplant Caviar and a Little Catch Up with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

So good on the rustic bread

I have missed two weeks with Dorie and I am so glad to get back into cooking with this wonderful group. The first recipe I missed was the Slow Roasted Tomatoes. I was really looking forward to making these. Everyone else's looked fantastic, so last week I finally got them made. They were awesome. I used mine in pasta...such a nice addition. These flavorful, delicious tomatoes will be making many appearances on our dinner table in the future.  I was singing the praises of these delicious tomatoes to my son and he decided to make them for his dinner last weekend. I think they might just become a family favorite.
My lovely roasted tomatoes...I just had to share

I added them to my pasta with a few tablespoons of tomato sauce mixed in...Yum!

Well last friday I chose not to make the Salmon in a Jar. I am a fan of most fish, but not raw, pickled or brined.  Even though everyones' looked quite nice, I just couldn't get past the raw thing.

So here we are with Eggplant Caviar!  Eggplant is definitely a favorite of mine! I grew up with it. There were always eggplant dishes on our table. This reminded me of baba ganoush. I had an aunt that made the best baba ganoush...and she made it every time you went to visit.  Dorie actually mentions how this caviar is closely related to baba ganoush. The only thing missing, I think, was the tahinni. This was relatively easy to put together. Roast your eggplant for 45 minutes. Scoop it into a bowl and mash with the garlic and olive oil. Then add lemon zest and lemon juice, onion and herbs. I chose to leave out the onion. Other then that, I made it as written by Dorie. I really enjoyed this recipe. It was very tasty. I served it with crackers and rustic bread. This was a really wonderful appetizer or just nice for an afternoon snack.


My delicious afternoon snack


These recipes can be found in Dorie Greenspans' Cookbook "Around My French Table". You can also see what other Doristas are doing here. For the Slow Roasted Tomatoes, you can get the recipe here on Dorie Greenspans' blog


21 comments:

  1. The slow roasted tomatoes look just beautiful!

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  2. Ah. I am not a huge tomato fan, but there was something about roasting them that I found appealing. I am sure they would have been great in the eggplant.
    Love the knife!

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  3. Yum! Both look so tasty. I'm glad you were able to catch up with the tomatoes. They were so good!

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  4. Just lovely, Kathy! Will your hubby eat burgers with capers and sun dried tomatoes? I think I will be going solo on that one, too :)

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  5. Hiya Kathy, I don't know why I gave the roasted tomatoes a miss and did the Salmon recipe, because the tomatoes here definitely look more enticing! Glad you liked the caviar, everyone in my household did too. Btw, that bread knife in your last photo is precious...that poor guy lying down made me smile!

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  6. What a pretty and healthy snack. I chose to skip the salmon too but for different reasons. Nice to read a double-header post!

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  7. Hi Kathy! I have to agree its a nutritious snack and we liked it but prefer baba ganoush. Aren't the tomatoes divine? Tomato candy I say!

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  8. I love your photos and combination of the two recipes; eggplant caviar & slow roasted tomatoes! Yum!

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  9. Your caviar and slow-roasted tomatoes both look great, Kathy! Did you use your own garden tomatoes in the slow roast? I know you skipped the fish last week, but I have loved all the August recipes.

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  10. Hi Kathy, I'm curious, do you think the eggplant caviar was missing the tahini or was it as good without it?? I love the slow roasted tomatoes and will enjoy making them again;-)

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  11. I am so glad you made the roasted tomatoes, Kathy! They look great and so does your eggplant caviar. I also had it with tortillia chips the next day and loved it with them. I will be making this again, for sure! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. I need to do some catch up too...I love your idea for the roasted tomatoes...looks really yummy right now. And I agree with you on the fish. I'm glad I missed that one and will most likely not do catch up on it. I guess I'm not that French! Your caviar looks perfect.

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  13. Those are two great recipes. I enjoyed the salmon, but roasted it instead of marinating it in the jar.

    Let me know if you try the roasted cherries, by the way - I'm curious to hear what other people do with them.

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  14. Patty, I enjoyed this caviar a lot...but I'm partial to baba ganoush! I love tahini! I even make a spread with tahini and molasses that my grandmother used to make. It's great on crackers or pita for a snack!

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  15. Lovely lovely photos-my mouth was watering at the first shot with the rustic bread :) Good for you for knocking out a few and even better for not doing the salmon. If you are not going to eat it there is simply no need- we have a whole book full to enjoy. So glad to hear your family enjoyed them. Those tomatoes in particular were just amazing. I have to revisit the eggplant because I think my ratio was off (which probably impacted Nana not having enjoyed it so much....:) Great post ~

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  16. This looks so good. I love slow roasted tomatoes and they are the perfect way to take care of the bounty of grape or cherry tomatoes in the garden.
    Karen

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  17. I love the look of your pasta with the roasted tomatoes. I made my tomatoes rather crispy and just ate them as a snack!

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  18. Hi Kathy-Thanks so much for your kind caring, and understanding that I could not comment for the last couple days. I've been such a mess for the last three days with my pinched nerv. It's starting to ease up now!

    Love, love your roasted little tomatoes added to the pasta, and your eggplant caviar, as well. I hope you decided to add some garlic to it, that's what was missing from Dorie's recipe...now doubt. At any rate, either way, yours turned out amazing, and yummy, as always, with all your projects!
    xoxo

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  19. Both your dishes look great! I found the eggplant caviar, while delicious, difficult to photograph, but yours looks very appetizing.

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  20. Hi Kathy. I'm so happy you dropped by my blog. You have such gorgeous pics and very yummy looking recipes. I'm going to enjoy poking around here.

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